The Creative Outsiders
Episode 405 : Bri Smith - Creative Coin Chat

Episode 405 : Bri Smith - Creative Coin Chat

May 28, 2020

During our Creative Chat we tackle the topic of the Broke Creative and how Creatives can change their mindset to be in position to build as well as create. The Creative Outsiders host monthly Chat with out Community about issues that creatives go through. 

On the Call this Week we invited Bri Smith who helps businesses and individuals implement the best use financial strategies for their finances.

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Show Notes: 

What does doing the work look like financially as a creative? 

Do you Value Align with where you are headed? 

Where did we get our money mindset from? 

What is the starving artist? 




Episode 404: Special Edition with Shivawn - Home Alone

Episode 404: Special Edition with Shivawn - Home Alone

May 21, 2020

This Episode is a Special Edition with Just Shivawn Mitchell chatting with you about the perspective of being a Christian Creative and what that looks like. Tune in as she breaks down how she see's her faith in the movie Home Alone 2. 


Shivawn's Bio - & Get Social with here HERE or HERE 

At just 8 years old I took my first step at writing, submitting a personal essay into a contest at my Elementary School. This was major considering I was the girl who hardly spoke in class. But, I pushed past my fears and laid my words on the line.

To my surprise I won.

After winning the contest I tucked my award into my scrapbook and didn’t formally write for another 20 years. I kept writing but my words were hidden in my journal. I grew up believing that I could be a teacher, doctor or even a lawyer. I didn’t see creativity as a career especially for Christians unless you were creating a church play on Easter.

My perspective stayed limited and I didn’t believe there was space for me as a creative until I had a mini meltdown at my 9 to 5 which sent me on a journey of obtaining my MFA in Screenwriting.

Episode 403 : Marlena Banks - Author of Big Idea Food

Episode 403 : Marlena Banks - Author of Big Idea Food

May 6, 2020

On today's episode we hang out during our Creative Community Chat where we discuss navigating during Covid-19 we had the pleasure of having Marlena Banks who I like to think of the mindset queen.  

She's also known as a Christian Startup Coach | Author of Big Idea Food: A Weekly Devotional for Entrepreneurs, Side Hustlers & Dreamers. Big Idea Food™ started in 2018 as a paperback devotional for entrepreneurs that serves up dope biblical nuggets to energize your hustle. Since then it’s grown into a lifestyle brand for dope Christian entrepreneurs that features a private online community, a YouTube channel, a weekly devotional email & inspirational social media content. Together, all these resources work to feed your spirit with God’s word in a voice you can relate to so that you are empowered to execute all the world-changing ideas God has given you.


On This Episode we Discuss 

  • How do you deal with fear? What does that look like practically. 
  • Why are we not doing what we're supposed to do? 
  • What mindset work do we need to do to get rid of our excuses and produce?
  • Wanting to collaborate but I’m full of comparison how do I handle that space

Let's Get Social

Marlena Banks Big Idea Food  Instagram 

Shivawn Mitchell Website Instagram 

Episode 402: Mercedes Brazier-Thurman // Screenwriter

Episode 402: Mercedes Brazier-Thurman // Screenwriter

April 27, 2020

Mercedes Brazier-Thurman is a screenwriter and content creator. Her writing explores the comedic curiosity and complex vulnerability within our relationships.

She is currently a staff writer for the streaming site, Black and Sexy TV. She was a co-writer for Black and Sexy TV’s Hello Cupid: Season 3 Reboot.

She is the creator of the quirky comedic web series, All My Friends Are Married.  Season 1 is distributed by The Black TV & Film Collective. In addition, she is the co-creator of MomStorie, a millennial blog that encourages creativity in parenting.

An alumna of Tisch School of the Arts for Film and Dramatic Writing, she has a MA in Educational Theatre from NYU Steinhart’s School of Education. Mercedes has taught screenwriting to NYC teens, women of color and Indigenous Americans and. She is currently a script writing professor at The City University of New York.


Show Notes: 

Getting started in Screenwriting. 
Common pitfalls with those who are new to screenwriting?
Tips for the established screenwriter? 
How should you get feedback as a screenwriter?
Crowdfunding as a Screenwriter.
Navigating the middle as a Screenwriter. 

Let’s get Social –

mercedes brazier-thurman // instagram

shivawnmitchell // thecreativeoutsiders 


Episode 401: Shivawn Mitchell & The Creative Community

Episode 401: Shivawn Mitchell & The Creative Community

April 20, 2020

Shivawn Mitchell is the founder of The Creative Outsiders where we connect the dots for storytellers and show them it's possible to create in various spaces in media. Once a week The Creative Outsiders has been sitting down to provide a safe space for creatives to express their thoughts and concerns while COVID-19 is happening. 

On This Episode we Cover: 

Does community really work? 

What do you need in community? 

Does Community need to be give and take? 

How to deal with comparison as a Creative?


Creatives Present. 

Fann Sanders A Philadelphia PA native, she started in the arts as a child and has explored various creative lanes from being talent to technical staff. A graduate of The Community College of Philadelphia, Fann earned her degree in digital video production. Fann not only has a passion but a flare for providing exceptional production support through strategic planning, logistics organization, and personable liaising across the aisles of talent and tech. Credited as writer, director, producer and lead actor, Fann completed her first short film in 2018.

Anita Ham Ms. Ham is a Licensed Master Social Worker and a Registered Respiratory Therapist. Currently, she serves as a field instructor for Bachelor and Master’s level social work students at local universities. She mentors youth at Six Points Innovation Center and other local community organizations. Ms. Ham is also the Founder of RibFit and will be coming out with several creative projects in 2020.

Brittany J. White is the founder of a nonprofit, The Leah Project and mentor to young girls. She's  a writer specializing in comedy. YouTube holds all of her skits. 

Episode 400: Kristin Winchester : Mental Health & Mindset Maintenance for Creatives

Episode 400: Kristin Winchester : Mental Health & Mindset Maintenance for Creatives

March 23, 2020
Kristin Winchester is a Licensed Therapist and Mindset Coach, speaker, host of the DFBG Mindset Podcast and founder of Her Therapy Space, a mental health private practice in Washington, DC. 
She partners with ambitious WOC entrepreneurs and professionals to break the negative thought patterns keeping them from success so they can live out their purpose with excitement and confidence. She believes that we have the power to choose and create the life we desire and it all starts with our thinking. With over 8 years experience in the wellness field, Kristin has helped many people shift their ways of thinking in order to live a life they once didn’t think was a possibility. 
Kristin has been featured in Essence, Cosmopolitan, CNN Money, Rolling Out, Huff Post and a number of other platforms.
Show Notes
  • How do we Navigate our Mental Health During This Time 
  • What is Depression & managing our Emotional health 
  • Identifying Anxiety 
  • Why we still need Routine during this time 
  • Checking in with yourself and what that looks like
  • Imposter Syndrome 
  • Limiting our Consumption as Creatives during this time 

Let's get Social - 

kristinsuttonlpc // hertherapyspace 

shivawnmitchell // thecreativeoutsiders 

Visit us Online HERE

Mentioned on the show The 5 Minute Journal 

Thank you to our Sponsors Salon Noa & Yendidi Restaurant 

Disclaimer: The information shared on this podcast is not a substitute for a relationship with a licensed mental health professional. If you need immediate assistance please contact:

Suicide Prevention 800-273-8255xEPMsFKs7YmM8bsAMlyf2OwTPszAMZMeayGCpJVAMental Health Hotline 866-677-5924xEPMsFKs7YmM8bsAMlyf2OwTPszAMZMeayGCpJVACenter Against Sexual Assault 866-373-8300xEPMsFKs7YmM8bsAMlyf2OwTPszAMZMeayGCpJVANational Alliance on Mental Health 800-656-4673xEPMsFKs7YmM8bsAMlyf2OwTPszAMZMeayGCpJVANational Sexual Assault 800-656-4673xEPMsFKs7YmM8bsAMlyf2OwTPszAMZMeayGCpJVA

Episode 315 Alesia Etinoff : Creator, Comedian & Producer

Episode 315 Alesia Etinoff : Creator, Comedian & Producer

December 22, 2019

Alesia Etinoff is an LA-based creator and comedian just wrapped principle on her short film 19 WEEKS that Zoe Saldana’s Cinestar Executive Produced; Alesia stars opposite Sherri Shepherd, Lamorne Morris and Marque Richardson. Alesia’s 2017 web series Avant-Guardians won Best Short Form Dramedy at the prestigious NYTVF, was nominated for best websereis at ABFF, and is an official selection for the LA Film Festival. It’s received rave reviews from Essence, Bust Magazine, Decider and TubeFilter. The pilot she wrote, inspired by the series, made it to the second round of the Sundance Episodic Story Lab and the second round of the MACRO Episodic Story Lab. Alesia has showcased at the Hollywood Improv, Nerdmelt and Zanies Chicago and can be seen regularly at UCB and Flappers. She is a UCB Diversity Scholar and a graduate of the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. Alesia most recently partnered with the Television Academy to create a diversity writing intensive called ‘Young Writers to Watch.’


On This Episode We Cover: 

Producing her own Project & Funding 

How Comedy has shaped her writing 

Her short film 19 WEEKS

Script Coverage 

Pitfalls Screenwriters Make

The Importance of Community For Filmmakers

Connect With Us

Alesia Etinoff - Instagram, Website 

Shivawn Mitchell - Instagram, Website

Episode 314 : Rani Craft Robinson - Producer

Episode 314 : Rani Craft Robinson - Producer

September 5, 2019

Rani brings 16+ years experience in the digital media space. Her work has taken her from Washington, DC, to Los Angeles and to Singapore, producing, directing digital content in support of Travel Channel, TLC, HGTV, DIYNetwork and more. 

Throughout her career she’s produced many digital series including HGTV’s House Tours with host of Flipping Virgins, Egypt Sherrod, and Flip or Flop Atlanta’s Anita and Ken Corsini. Additional series she produced include My Hometown and Day in the Life with actor Brian Unger (Travel Channel). Rani has also produced the digital series for Travel Channel, Man v. NYC, featuring Man v. Food’s Casey Webb and Food Network’s Vivian Chan.

Rani is also an avid world-traveler. In an effort to share her experience and passion for travel, her love for photography and her local experiences with her 3 children,  she created a lifestyle blog called Triplicity by Craft. The blog showcases her travels to such places as Paris, Italy, and Senegal.  Additionally, she has used her passion as a platform to tell others about the importance of travel for young kids and adults. 

In 2017, Rani was invited to speak at Good Travels’ inaugural event in San Francisco on the importance of travel, especially for the next generation.

Rani also serves on the Board of Creatives team for 100cameras, a non-profit organization that works with young children in marginalized regions throughout the world, teaching them photojournalism.

Rani currently residing in Knoxville, TN, by way of Washington, DC.

In 2017 Rani, started working alongside her good friend Latasha Kennedy at LMK Entertainment Group to produce scripted and unscripted content. Rani executive produced ‘One Last Goodbye’ with Latasha Kennedy in April 2018.


On This Episode We Cover: 

The Pitching Process

How Rani's career landed her in producing 

Skills that will benefit you as a producer 

How travel has helped her as a storyteller 


Connect With Us: 

Rani Craft Robinson - or

Shivawn Mitchell - or 

Episode 313 Gynai Kristol : Filmmaker

Episode 313 Gynai Kristol : Filmmaker

August 15, 2019

Gynai Kristol was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. As a child she would constantly watch and critique music videos while contemplating ways to form concepts in her head for them. Her Grandfather was a photographer and inadvertently had quite the influence on her at young age. The camera and film world had always been intriguing for her and a constant creative motivator since she was a little girl, which in later years, caused her to purchase her first camera, a Canon t3i.
After Graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2013, Gynai began working with The West Angeles Church Of God In Christ as a videographer. Not content with juggling only one gig she continued to pursue working with various creatives in and around LA and began working with and documenting artists’ processes as they created their albums, prepared for their first shows, and went through life. In 2015 she decided to move to New York to further pursue her passion in film and attended New York Film Academy for their one year documentary program.
The want to tell stories of people's lives, giving them a relatable appeal, is what kept Gynai doing documentary based videos and short films. With her documentary films, Gynai’s goal is to inspire and entertain her audience. She is now a freelance filmmaker and editor based in Brooklyn, NY.


Connect with Gynai Kristol - Website

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Episode 312: Denise Purkett - Storyteller

Episode 312: Denise Purkett - Storyteller

July 29, 2019

Denise Purkett is a writer who creates original content for the internet. She enjoys telling stories visually, touching on topics including relationships, self-care, and grief. She works alongside her husband in their company, Vision Suite Media, where they specialize in creating digital videos and photos for businesses, creatives and artists. Denise has a MA in Strategic Communication. Denise lives in Norfolk, Virginia with her husband, her bonus daughter, and her 8 month old daughter. 


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